Monday, September 29, 2008

New on DVD This Week: Adam-12, B. L. Stryker, Banacek, Numb3rs, Trial & Retribution

Mysteries on TV

, your source for the most complete selection of detective, amateur sleuth, private investigator, and suspense television mystery series now available or coming soon to DVD, is profiling five series that have season DVDs being released this week.

was the call sign for patrol officer partners Pete Malloy (played by Martin Milner) and Jim Reed (played by Kent McCord) of the Los Angeles Police Department. The series, developed by Jack Webb who also produced , is known for using real LAPD case files as the basis for the episodes. Much of the show was filmed on location along the streets of North Hollywood and Studio City with the exterior of the LAPD Rampart Division station house used as the officers' base.

The Adam-12 Season Two DVD set of 4 discs contains all 24 episodes of the second season that aired from September 1969 through May 1970 on NBC. Individual episodes are also available at Amazon VOD: Adam-12.

Burt Reynolds starred as , a private investigator that lived on a boat docked off the coast of southern Florida. The series also starred Rita Moreno as Stryker's ex-wife and Ossie Davis, a former boxer and Stryker's frequent partner in solving crimes.

B. L. Stryker was one of the rotating series that comprised the ABC Mystery Movie, lasting only 12 episodes over 2 seasons. (The others were the return of and , and new series Gideon Oliver and Christine Cromwell).

The B. L. Stryker Complete Series DVD set of 7 discs contains all 12 episodes of the series that aired on ABC from February 1989 through May 1990.

George Peppard starred as , the suave Boston freelance insurance investigator whose fee was 10% of the value of the property recovered. Each episode in the series featured a seemingly "impossible" crime with (generally) ingenious solutions.

Banacek was one of the rotation series that comprised the NBC Mystery Movie, airing 17 episodes over 2 seasons. (The others were , , and .)

The Banacek DVD set of 5 discs contains all 16 episodes of the series plus the pilot episode that aired from September 1972 through March 1974 on NBC.

stars Rob Morrow as FBI agent Don Eppes and David Krumholtz as his brilliant unverisalist mathematician brother Charlie who believes that crime in Los Angeles can be viewed from the perspective of mathematics and probabilities. Together they combine their areas of expertise to solve some killer cases.

The premiere of the 5th season of Numb3rs is scheduled for Friday, October 3rd at 10 PM (ET) on CBS.

The Numb3rs Season Four DVD set of 5 discs contains all 18 episodes of the fourth season that aired from September 2007 through May 2008 on CBS. Individual episodes are also available at Amazon VOD: Numb3rs.

From the creative mind of Lynda La Plante () comes crime-to-court suspense in . In this -like British series, each episode follows a case from the commission of the crime to the trial of the accused. The series stars David Hayman as Detective Superintendent Mike Walker and Kate Buffery as Detective Inspector Pat North. No emotions are spared, and no characters emerge unscathed in this unflinching detective drama that goes behind closed doors to reveal the strategies of both prosecution and defense as they maneuver toward a final verdict.

The Trial & Retribution Set One DVD set of 4 discs contains the first four episodes that aired on ITV1, one each in 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000.

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